Why Micro Learning?
While micro learning is not a new concept, the value that it brings to educating our ever expanding mobile generation is something that should be brought to the forefront of discussion.
Rapid changes in technological, economic and social environments have created a need for instructional designers to look at new strategies that support life long learning and engagement of the learner.
According to Arunima Majumdar, a Marketing Consultant at G-Cube Solutions, “New-age employees want learning that is short, crisp and bite-sized chunks, easy to consume in a self-paced manner. As well as, concise and relevant information that is easy to retain and apply later”.
Micro learning supports a streamlined management process and is an efficient way to get information to employees quickly, so that they may do their job effectively.
Thanks to huge technological advancements and widespread availability of devices, even before they start school, preschool aged children have basic levels of competence in operational skills.
As far back as the 70s, data has shown that we tune out early. Most students recall information presented in the first 15 mins and then tend to zone out. Fast forward to present day, where most of out information is provided in snippets, and our attention span has lessened to less than that of a gold fish.
That’s right folks… Gold fish can focus for a full 9 seconds, while we have slipped down to 8. Eight seconds before we are distracted by a ping or an advertisement scrolling across our feeds.
Micro learning in the classroom is imperative to support decreasing attention spans and increasing multi-tasking abilities.
Recommendations for implementation
Micro learning comes in many forms: including job aids, videos, flash cards, and the delivery of learning can be as varied as the modules themselves. Exceptional instructional strategy is crucial when developing 3-5 minute bites of information. Despite the diversity that surrounds this method, there are some basics to keep in mind…
- Think small-bite sized learning nuggets have become a very effective way to impart learning
- Utilize the technology available and incorporate mobile modules if accessible
- Design should be light and not consume too much of the learners time
- Modules should be easy to navigate and concise
And as always…
Keeping your audience and their particular needs in mind when developing any instructional module, to ensure a satisfactory learning experience.